Kick-off: 1800, 16/07/2020
Stadium: Goodison Park
TV: Sky Sports
Aston Villa are fighting for Premier League survival and travel to Everton buoyed by Sunday’s much-needed triumph over Crystal Palace.
The mid-table Toffees started out well when returning to action after lockdown but have picked up just one point from their last three matches.
We think this has all the makings of a tight tussle, so 19/20 for under 2.5 goals in the game is our opening Everton vs Aston Villa prediction.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Everton could be forgiven for a 1-0 loss at Tottenham and a 1-1 home draw against Southampton, but Sunday’s 3-0 drubbing at Wolves was a poor effort.
Raul Jimenez’s penalty and second-half goals from Leander Dendoncker and Diogo Jota left Carlo Ancelotti fuming.
He said: “It was a really frustrating day and performance. The spirit of the team was unacceptable.
“There are some excuses but I don’t want to have excuses, the performance was not acceptable.
“I spoke to the players and we have to prepare and work differently and have a different attitude.”
Ancelotti will demand a stronger work ethic here, but the Toffees are still in need of more creative spark.
Looking at the Everton vs Aston Villa odds, another tempting option is 21/20 for ‘no’ in the market on whether both teams will score.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Baines, Keane, Digne, Mina, Sigurdsson, Davies, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Walcott, Gordon.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa are still in deep relegation trouble but at least gave themselves a chance of staying up when beating Palace 2-0 in the Midlands.
A Trezeguet double either side of half-time helped Dean Smith’s side end a 10-match winless run.
Ahmed Elmohamady told the club website: “There’s always pressure when you’re in the relegation zone, but you have to keep fighting.
“We have three games left and we have to try and win them all to stay in the Premier League. There is no other option.
“We have to go to Everton with a mentality like today, keep a clean sheet and get the three points.”
Villa may still need victories, but we feel their best tactic here is to keep things tight until the break and then try to pinch a win in the second period.
That makes 23/20 for a draw at half-time worth adding to our Everton vs Aston Villa betting tips.
Last Villa line-up: Reina, Taylor, Konsa, Elmohamady, Mings, Luiz, McGinn, Grealish, Hourihane, Trezeguet, Samatta.
Wolves 3-0 EVERTON
ASTON VILLA 2-0 Crystal Palace – Trezeguet (2)
Head-to-head: Aston Villa 2-0 Everton, Aston Villa 1-3 Everton, Everton 4-0 Aston Villa
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